DIY queen Martha Stewart gardens, cooks, and makes a mean scrapbook. But her favorite pastime of all is photography. “I’ve maintained a gigantic photo archive for as long as I can remember,” she says. Stewart posts pictures of snapdragons, puppies, and onion rings on her personal Instagram account, @marthastewart48, and recently shot all the photos for a yet-to-be-titled book on gardening, out this spring. Here, she shares her guidelines for taking—and preserving—the perfect picture.
- Different cameras have different strengths. I use the Canon 5D for macro photos of flowers on my farm, and I take my handheld Leica to restaurants because it’s discreet. The Samsung Galaxy has this fantastic telephoto lens. I took a photo of Beyoncé at the Super Bowl from hundreds of feet away, and I could see the mesh in her stockings.
- I insist that my subjects look directly into the camera. Personality is all in the eyes—and that doesn’t just apply to humans. I always get my horses to look right at me when I take their portraits.
- Every night when I come home, I upload my pictures onto the computer before I go to sleep and add them to the album or blog post I’m working on. I also never reuse memory sticks. Rediscovering photos is such a joy.
- Share your pictures! I love the company Fathead, which turns your photos into applicable imagery. I recently decorated 20 vintage Thonet chairs in my dining room with gardening photos. People think they’re hand-painted. And I put a photo of me and my mother on a pocketbook. The concept’s a little hokey, but I can’t get enough.